A Great Place to Call Home

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Dowagiac native Mandy Wallace moved to our nation’s capitol after college, but returned to her hometown to raise a family and continue her career.

After living in the suburbs of Washington, DC, Mandy said she has a new appreciation for Midwestern small towns. "There is a real sense of pride that comes with living and working in a city where your neighbors care about you, your co-workers are motivated to come to work each day, and your child is safe on the playground. Browse any literature about Dowagiac and you’ll see one word used over and over again - community.  That's what we're all about here, from the way we run our businesses to the many activities and festivals held downtown throughout the year. Dowagiac offers everything I could hope for, when looking for a place to call home.’” 

A Community Rich in Charm

For local resident and Realtor Dorothy MottL, Dowagiac has never lost its charm, which is something her clients, both residential and commercial, echo.  

Owner of D. MottL Realty Group, Dorothy had her eye on our community for some time before purchasing a downtown storefront in 2013.  With offices headquartered in Buchanan, the Dowagiac storefront today houses her second of three locations in southwestern Michigan.

"One of our clients said it best, downtown Dowagiac replicates a wonderful movie setting," Dorothy said.  "Our central business district is comprised of quality retail and service businesses, live theatre and everything from thrift shops to upsale boutiques, and even a non-franchised hardware store."

For the homebuyer, Dowagiac boasts an assortment of residential architectural styles, featuring such amenities as fieldstone foundations and granite steps.

Where Families Care for their Own

As a downtown business owner of more than 30 years and president of ACTION Ministries, Jeff Neumann knows how deeply his community cares for its own.  

"When a need is made know, the response is swift," Jeff said.  "Whether it's during a time of tragedy, or someone simply wishing to show their kidness, families that comprise our community have big, caring hearts."   

"Through the generousity of local farmers, merchants and individuals, the shelves of ACTION's food pantry are consistently full, as still others donate $20,000 each year to the Feed the Hungry campaign - mostly in small donations.  These funds are shared with those in need to provide food from an outpouring of people who respond to the call.  I am constantly reminded, as I see the gratitude of the served, how much families of our community care about one another."

 

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  • March 31st, 2019

    Vineyard 2121 to Host Fundraiser for Pageant Scholarship

    The Miss Dowagiac Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, April 13, will present “Reds, Whites & Flights,” at Vineyard 2121. The early evening event, from 4 to 7 p.m., is a fundraiser for the Miss Dowagiac Scholarship Fund, featuring spirits, entertainment and silent auction. Vineyard 2121 on Red Arrow Highway in Benton Harbor is one of several venues where musician and pageant master of ceremonies, Joe Jason, performs on a regular basis.

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  • March 31st, 2019

    Chamber Spotlight Shines on Olympia Books

    Olympia Used and Rare Books is a family business that opened in 1987 by Paul and Karen Pugh as Olympia Books and Prints in downtown Dowagiac at 208 S. Front St.

     The store then dealt in used and rare books, as well as posters and prints, and would eventually branch off to the framing business.

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  • March 31st, 2019

    Steeped in Tradition, Caruso’s at Nearly 100, Feted at BAH

    Antonio and Emilia Caruso would be proud of their granddaughter and third-generation candy maker, Julie Johnson, known to most in the community by only her first name. Second, third and even fourth generation business legacies are something this community knows well.

    At the Chamber’s Business After Hours March 13, co-hosted by Caruso’s, the legacy of candy-making that began in 1922 was feted, as attendees also congratulated Dick Judd on his upcoming retirement, as they welcomed Bryan and Jolynn Smith, the new owners of the business now marking its 160th year in the community.

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